The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Register-Herald Reporter

— Carlyle S. ‘Bud’ Bolen Jr.

BLUEFIELD — Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr., of Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  

Born May 25, 1930, in Bluefield, he was a son of the late Elizabeth Cole and Carlyle S. Bolen Sr.

He attended schools in Welch and Beckley, and was a 1952 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

He was a former president and general manager of Cole Baking Company where he worked for 40 years. He was twice president of the West Virginia Bakers Association and a former board member of the Independent Baker’s Association, Washington, D.C. He was past vice president of The Bluefield Sales Executive Club, a former charter member of the Fincastle Country Club, The Greater Bluefield Jaycees, The Bluefield Kiwanis Club, and The Charleston Exchange Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Pachuta Bolen.

Survivors include three daughters, Catherine M. Bolen of Bedford, Va., Maria Bolen Pochick and husband Frank of Bluefield, Va. and Patricia S. Bolen of Bluefield, W.Va.; one son, C. Scott Bolen III of Savannah, Ga.; grandsons, Craig Hickman and wife Luciana and Aaron Hickman and wife Tracee, all of Savannah; and three great grandchildren.  

The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery where Craig Hickman, Aaron Hickman, Bruce Barilla, Tullio Ramello, Bill Courtney, Sam Comer, Bill Spracher, Greg Tomchin will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Keith Pochick, Dr. Mike Malamisura, Dr. Richard Bolen, Harry Gray, Dr. Harold Goforth Jr., Frank Melvin, Barry Turpin and Jack Garrison.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.

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Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr.  

David Lee Clark

MILTON — David Lee Clark, 61, of Milton, husband of Vicky L. Clark, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va.

He was born March 12, 1951, in Huntington, a son of the late Harry G. and Esther Bowyer Clark.

David and his wife were the owners of Vicky’s Candy Craft of Milton, and Gotta Party by Vicky’s in Beckley.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Donna Lynn Stollings and her husband Joseph of Milton, along with their children and grandchildren; one son, Douglas Lee Clark and his wife, Carolyn of Baton Rouge, La., along with their children; one brother, Gary Garfield Clark of Milton and adopted son, Kregg Adkins of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Pastor Ron Page officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.heckfuneralhome. com

LaFonda Jayne  Denton

LaFonda Jayne Denton, age 67 of Daniels, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born July 24, 1945, in Daniels, to the late LaFon Worley and Laura Akers Roach.

LaFonda enjoyed gardening and had a passion for animals.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Worley.

Those surviving include a son, Brian Denton and wife Marsha and their children, Ariel, Sarrah Jayne, and Damien of Borbonnais, Ill.; and a daughter, Lauril A. Lutz and husband Rick and their daughter Jade of Mokena, Ill.; step-father, Paul M. Roach of Beaver; an Aunt, Margaret Long of Beaver; also numerous step brothers, step sisters, and other family.

In keeping with LaFonda’s wishes she was cremated and there will be no services.

Private online condolences are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Ernest Oliver Dillard

Ernest Oliver Dillard, 68, of Beckley, died Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, after a short illness.

Born September 26, 1944, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Oliver Dillard and Francis Love Harbin.

Mr. Dillard was a truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Samuel Harbin and brothers, Nathaniel Dillard and Earl Dillard.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are his loving wife of 38 years, Grace Regina Pannell Dillard of Beckley; his children, Kelvin Pannell and Corey Pannell, both of Beckley, Michael Dillard, Arthur (Landlo) Dillard, Felicia MaBone, Fatima Dillard, all of Gary, Ind. and Michelle Reed of New York; brother, Tyrone Harbin of Beckley; sister, Martha Finney of Beckley; 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at Welcome Baptist Church, 206 8th St., Beckley, with Bishop David Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie &Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Christine Kershner Dinsmore

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Christine Kershner Dinsmore, 79, of Worthington, formerly of Lewisburg, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the home of her daughter.

Christine was born March 18, 1933, in Frankford, W.Va., to the late Clyde and Mattie (Suttle) Kershner. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Cameron Kershner; sisters, Jean Loving and Peggy Sevy; and her son, Howard Edward “Butch” Campbell Dinsmore.

She is survived by her three daughters, Debbie, Diane and Lynn Dinsmore; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Sami, Alex, Maddie, Lillie, and Max; great grandchildren, Matthew and Caitlynn; nieces, Nancy and Marilyn; nephews, Mike, Bo, Bill, Doug, Jon, and Richard; and other relatives and friends.

Christine was retired from the Behavior Health Department at Riverside Methodist Hospital, after 17 years of service. She was also a long-time member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, WV, where she served as President of the Presbyterian Women of the Church, and was a member of the P.E.O. Christine had many accomplishments in her life, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Americana Thrift Shop and reuniting the North and South Presbytery.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, W.Va. The family will receive friends at the church Sunday 30 minutes prior to the service.

Condolences for the family may be sent to:

Arrangements by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High St., Worthington, Ohio.

Billy Joe Elkins

WHITMAN — Billy Joe Elkins, 79, of Whitman, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m.  Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Maryetta United Baptist Church at Verdunville, with Pastor Lonnie Gore Jr. and Rev. Barney Goins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Military graveside rites to be conducted.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Pannell Hicks

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Pannell Hicks, 64, of Cleveland, formerly of Sun, W.Va., died Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Chapel of Peace Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr.

AMIGO — Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr., 78, of Amigo, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Jenkins Family Cemetery, Garwood Mtn.

For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests contributions be made to help defray unexpected expenses to Tankersley Funeral Home, 102 Moran Avenue Mullens, WV 25882.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Kenneth C. ‘Curt’ Keesee

SMOOT — Kenneth C. “Curt” Keesee, 67, of Smoot, born February 18, 1945, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean J. Keesee; parents, Russell and Freida Keesee; and daughter, Anna Michelle Keesee.

He is survived by his children, Sean (husband to Amy), Ryan, and Evan (husband to Tonya) Keesee; siblings Russell “Dale"(husband to Linda), Bruce (husband to Juanita), and Scott (husband to Shari) Keesee and Judy Flynn (wife of Mark); grandchildren, Mitchell, Jason and Haven Keesee.

To all who knew him, Curt was a fierce and loyal friend, a gentle giant, a man of quiet compassion, with a work ethic none could match. He taught us all that a man shows that he cares with his works rather than his words. Healthy and active, his loss was sudden and unexpected. He will be remembered long and sorely missed.

Curt was born in Ashland, Ky., and was raised in St. Albans, W.Va. An imposing figure, he attended college at Marshall University on a football scholarship as a defensive tackle. Curt’s St. Albans’s High School team from 1962 remains the only Red Dragons team to go undefeated. As a college freshman, Curt met Jean Judy, who would later become his wife.

In 1968, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany, Curt volunteered for the Navy, where he had the honor of serving on the USS Ability with his brother Dale. Curt served honorably and well as a radar operator, Petit Officer 2nd  Class, reluctantly turning down an offer of a commission from the Navy to attend West Virginia University’s School of Forestry.

Upon graduation from WVU with a Master’s degree in Silvaculture, Curt moved to Smoot, W.Va., and began work for Westvaco Corporation. Curt and Jean renovated and maintained a small in Smoot that had been owned by Jean’s family. Curt distinguished himself at Westvaco, operating their Skylock logging program. Later he would become a cooperative forest management forester for Westvaco, advising private landholders on how to wisely manage their timber.

Curt’s volunteer work included more than 20 years’ service as treasurer of the Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority. He was an avid volunteer with the Boy Scouts, having served as Webelos Leader for Pack 55 of Smoot, and a committee member for Troop 70 of Lewisburg. He and his friend, Tom Rickman, volunteered often to cook for events by local civic organizations. Recently, he had been volunteering to cook for the community dinners at Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, a church attended by his son Sean and family.

After his retirement from Westvaco in 2005, Curt started a small business with his son Evan; Square K. Lumber. Through his tireless efforts, Square K has continued to grow despite national economic downturns.

Throughout his life, Curt was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, enjoying the wilds of West Virginia with his good friend Bob Lane, brother-in-law Edward B. Judy, his sons and other members of the Back Creek Lodge.

Friends are invited to gather at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 East Washington St, Lewisburg, W.Va., on Saturday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curt Keesee Memorial Community Dinner Fund at Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, WV, 400 Duff Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301. 304-624-7951

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Ruth Elizabeth Mowery

FOREST HILL — Ruth Elizabeth Mowery, 91, of Forest Hill, W.Va., was taken gently through Heavens’ gates at 5 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, surrounded by her family. Ruth suffered a long illness and is now at peace.

She was born on December 19th, 1921, in Ballard, W.Va., a daughter of the late Oran and Maude Hill Thompson.

Ruth was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church at Forest Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Harold E. Mowery. Also preceded in death were her siblings: Arnold Thompson, Dean Thompson, Sanford Thompson, Fred Thompson, Ellen Campbell Mills and Willey Meadows.

Those left to cherish her memory include her only daughter, Joyce Waltman and son-in-law, John Waltman of Forest Hill, both of who cared for her with love. Also surviving is her brother, Tommy Thompson, who resides in Florida. Two granddaughters: Monica Ruth Leak Owens and husband, Fred Owens, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Shellie Leak Radolinski and husband, Steven Radolinski, of Mechanicsville, Va. Two step granddaughters Karin Powell and husband, Chris Powell, of Bel Air, Md., and Kathy Johnson and husband, Mike Johnson, of Westchester, Pa. She also was blessed with three great-grandchildren: Aaron Frederick Owens, Zackary Steven Radolinski and Madeline Rae Radolinski.

Funeral services will be conducted at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, on Saturday February 2nd, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Orville Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Church Cemetery at Forest Hill.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home and one hour prior to service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers: Ernie Wheeler, Fred Thompson, Don Waltman, Fred Owens, Steve Radolinski, Aaron Owens and Zackary Radolinski.

Our special thanks to Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Southern WV. Thanks also to the special caregivers and nurses that came in to help Ruth.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral  Home, Hinton.

Maurice Jackson ‘Jack’ Ramsey

PETERSTOWN — Maurice Jackson “Jack” Ramsey, 89, of Peterstown, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Union, with Rev. Bob Ratliff officiating.

Friends may call at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union from noon till service time at 1 p.m.

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

James C. ‘Jimmy’ Sauls

James C. “Jimmy” Sauls, 84, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Born March 30, 1928, in Montcoal, W.Va., he was a son of the late Basil Clinton Sauls and the late Nancy Margaret Sauls.

He worked for Pittston Coal Corporation for 25 years, having worked a total of 42 years in the mines. He was a member of the UMWA local 1391 where he served as treasurer. Jimmy was a member of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jacqueline Turner, and his twin brother, William “Bill” Sauls.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 57 years, Ruby Christine Lucas Sauls; two daughters, Phyllis (Dwane) Pizzino of Buford, Ga., and Shelia (Russell) Foster of Proctorville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Justin Pizzino, Kristen Foster, and Kaitlyn Foster; one great-grandchild, Emily Pizzino; sisters, Betty Copelin of Lavernge, Tenn. and Rozella Powers of Peru, Ill.; one brother, Leon Sauls of Beckley; three sisters-in-law, Minnie Lucas of Dameron, Gail (Lorenzo) Hamilton of Dameron, and Alma (Jeff) Radford of Chesterfield, Va.; three  brothers-in-law, Scottie (Brenda) Lucas of Keswick, Va., Jerry (Marlene) Lucas, and Dean (Ruth) Lucas, both of Dameron, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Jim Lucas, Wayne Peters, and Daniel Legg officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr.,  Beckley.

Isaiah Shivers

Mr. Isaiah Shivers, 20, of Beckley, died January 24, 2013, at the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House.  

Born June 8, 1992, he was the son of Christopher Shivers of Beckley and Kimberly Michelle Jackson Shivers of Summerville, S.C.

He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandmothers Mary Magdeline Mallory and Catherine Jackson; and grandfather Nathaniel Jackson.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children Xaveair Christopher Tay’sean Shivers of Oak Hill and Zy’airah Nevaeh Austin of Beckley; his grandparents, Sherman and Pamela Ross of Beckley; and grandmother, Geraldine Nelson Shivers of Detroit; a brother Dezmahn Shivers of Summerville, S.C., one sister Chante Shivers of Beckley; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Bob Tunstalle officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call the church one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

William Sherman Shumate

William Sherman Shumate, 72 of Sophia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Born on June 27, 1940, at Itmann, W.Va., he was the son of the late Luther Arlie Shumate and Hazel Ruth Holdren Shumate.

William was known by many as Tommy or Shorty. He was a retired coal miner and a member of Rhodell Church of God. He had a love of antique cars, as well as collecting model cars, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Luther “Pete”, Samuel, Okey, and Furley Shumate, and sister Virginia “Snookie” Lilly.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 54 years Rosa Lee Meadows Shumate. Three sons, Michael Meadows and wife Peggy of Rhodell, Muncy Shumate and wife Carol of Eccles, and Gregory “Slim” Shumate of Mt. Hope. Two daughters, Sharon Scott and husband Billy of Sophia and Darla Farruggia and fiancé Mark Criner of Coal City. Seven grandsons, Michael “Bo” Parks and wife Melissa, Mathew Meadows and wife Samantha, Billie Parks and wife Amanda, Nicholas Farruggia and wife Mandy, Nate Shumate, Zach Shumate, and Luke Farruggia. Three granddaughters, Michelle Austin and husband Jeff, Kim Criner, and Cathy Criner. Four sisters, Darcas “Dot” Rose, Elvira McKinney and husband Clyde, JoAnn Johnson, and Vicky Justice. Fourteen great-grandchildren and dear friends Leo and Charlene Helmondollar.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Gary Eskins officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Martin Williams Jr.

 Martin B. Williams Jr., age 75, of Beckley, formerly of Richmond and Roanoke, Va., died peacefully on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born July 22, 1937, at Richmond, Va., he was the son of the late Helen Phillips Williams and the Martin B. Williams Sr.

Martin loved his whole family, friends and animals very much. He attended Virginia Military Institute for a year, graduating from the University of Richmond, with degree in business. Martin then served two years in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lee, Va., he held the rank of 1st Lieutenant. A certified public accountant, Martin was diligent in his work for his clients. Martin was a supervisor of banking at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell and Co., in Richmond and became a senior vice president of Dominion Bank Shares in Roanoke. He was a partner in-charge of R.L. Persinger in Beckley. After retirement, Martin had many jobs and became an adjunct professor at MSU. Martin also had his own business from his home until last year.

Martin was a past president of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, and a past president of Black Knight County Club. He also volunteered for the American Red Cross. He loved playing golf with his friends having an audience to entertain and tell jokes and stories to.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sue Powell Williams, son, Martin Braxton Williams III, wife, Rebecca of Roanoke, and his granddaughters, Ashley Elizabeth and Sarah Kristen Williams, son, James Leslie Williams of Beckley and his granddaughter, Rachel Suzanne Williams, daughter-in-law, Ronda Williams of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and his grandsons, Aaron Martin Williams and Joshua James Williams, son Christopher Patrick Williams, wife, Melissa of Beckley and grandson, Zachary Ryan Williams; as well as seven much loved cats.

Also close to his heart are the family of his uncle, Leslie H. Phillips Jr. and his late wife, Betty; their children, Carolyn Graham, Joyce Bailey, Penny Bogart, Leslie Phillips III and their families.

Martin was loved by Sue’s family, the late James M. Powell Jr.; his nephews, James M. Powell III and Michael Erhard Powell Sr. and their families and their mother, Cheryl Powell Maupin.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. guests will be received for visitation at the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801. Memorial Services will follow at the church at 11 a.m., the Rev. John McKinnon and Rev. Jon White will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Beckley Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary & Cremation Center, Beckley.

Barbara Jane Windon

Barbara Jane Windon, 76, formerly of Caldwell, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Burial will follow in the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.